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Quentin Tarantino to receive a lifetime achievement award

In the midst of an announcement from the legendary director that his retirement may be imminent, auteur Quentin Tarantino has been recognised by the Rome Film Festival and will be awarded a lifetime achievement award later this year.

“There was a time in my life where I’d watch any Italian movie. And I spent the better part of my career making my version of those movies,” Quentin Tarantino, who will attend the festival and is set to appear in a “close encounter” Q&A, said in a statement. “To get a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rome Film Festival is fantastico!” Tarantino excitedly announced. 

Also in line to receive the festival’s top lifetime achievement award is director Tim Burton, director of Edward Scissorhands and 1989s Batman, with a statement from the festival calling the American creative “one of the most original filmmakers in the U.S. film industry, the one who can bring an immediately recognisable visual universe to the big screen”. Also in attendance during the 16th Rome Film Festival, Tim Burton punctuated his pride at receiving the award by citing some of his Italian screen influences. 

Announcing his joy in a statement, Tim Burton commented: “To receive this honor from the Rome Film Festival is very special for me. Fellini, Mario Bava, Dario Argento have all been major inspirations in my life, and receiving [the award] in Rome, a place I love, a city where you feel like you’re starring in your own film, is very emotional”.

With the full festival programme yet to be announced, and currently penned for a reveal on October 6th, the London-based writer Zade Smith is also set to discuss her 20-year career with a live festival audience. Tackling “contemporary issues with great irony and depth”, Smith will go into detail about her debut novel White teeth, as well as further releases The Autograph Man, On Beauty, NW and Swing Time.

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